Saturday, October 25, 2014

Conference: What Went Wrong? Egypt's Failed Democratic Transition


What Went Wrong? Egypt's Failed Democratic Transition

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The Center for Middle East Studies presents a Daylong Conference Examining Egypt's Failed Democratic Transition
Friday, September 12, 2014Panel Discussions: 9:15 am - 4:30 pm | Location: Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room
  • 9:15 - 9:30 am: Opening remarks - Ambassador Christopher Hill, Dean of the Josef Korbel School, and Nader Hashemi, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies
  • 9:30 - 11:00 am: The Role of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt's Democratic Transition
    • Mona El-Ghobashy, Independet Scholar
    • Joshua Stacher, Kent State University
    • Shadi Hamid, Brookings Institution
    • Emad El-Din Shahin, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • 11:15 am - 12:45 pm: Islamism, Liberalism, & Democratic Theory - Lessons from Egypt's Failed Transition
    • Andrew F. March, Yale University
    • Mohammad Fadel, University of Toronto
    • Daniel Brumberg, Georgetown University and the United States Institute of Peace
    • Micheline Ishay, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
  • 3:00 - 4:30 pm: Ideology, Mass Media, Popular Culture, & the Public Sphere in Egypt - Explaining the Outbreak of Fascism
    • Mohamad Elmasry, University of North Alabama
    • Joel Gordon, University of Arkansas
    • Ellis Goldberg, University of Washington
    • Abdullah Al-Arian, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Qatar
  • 7:00 - 10:00 pm: Screening of Jehane Noujaim's Documentary Film The Square Followed by a Panel Discussion & Open Forum Margery Reed Building Reiman Theater
    • Daniel Brumberg
    • Mohammad Fadel
    • Monah El-Ghobashy
    • Emad El-Din Shahin
    • Ellis Goldberg
Video from all conference panels will be available shortly!

Math Scholarships

        I received a flyer from Furman University in South Carolina regarding the Wylie Scholarships in Mathematics offered by their school.  The scholarships are merit based and awarded to incoming freshmen who show outstanding mathematical promise and interest.  Each scholar is awarded a renewable grant worth up to $25,000.  You can go to for more information.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Author Talk: Rebecca Gordon's "Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post-11 United States"


Dear Friends,

The National Religious Campaign Against Torture invites you to join us for an author talk with ethicist Dr. Rebecca Gordon as she discusses her new book, Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post-11 United States.  

Mainstreaming Torture Teaching for Change Bookstore at Busboys and Poets Welcomes: Rebecca Gordon

When: Tuesday, October 28 from 6:30 – 8:00pm
Where: Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC (14th & V)

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Co-sponsors include: National Religious Campaign Against Torture, Amnesty International USA, Busboys and Poets, Center for Victims of Torture, Church of the Brethren Office of Public Witness, Disciples Justice Action Network, Franciscan Action Network, Islamic Society of North America, Justice and Witness Ministries, United Church of Christ, Maryknoll Global Concerns, Methodist Federation for Social Action, Teaching for Change, Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition, and Witness Against Torture.

In the 25 years I've known Rebecca Gordon, she has brought many critical issues to the forefront for public debate.  Her new book details the history and current practice of U.S.-sponsored torture, and argues that without urgent moral action, nothing less than the soul of the nation is at stake.  At her reading, she will break it down, as she always does, in ways that are useful to everyday activists working on torture in U.S. prisons, police accountability, racism, and CIA torture. 

For questions please contact Katie Hunter at or 202-547-1920.


Rev. Ron Stief
Executive Director

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Join MSNBC's Chris Matthews for Dinner on 11/15 at The Ritz-Carlton in Arlington, VA

Tickets Now on Sale!
Muslim Advocates Annual Dinner
Featuring MSNBC's Chris Matthews
 Saturday, November 15, 2014 | 6:30pm Registration
The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City | Arlington, VA
*Adults only please*

Dear Friend,
We are excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for our November 15th annual D.C. dinner with MSNBC's Chris Matthews at The Ritz-Carlton in Arlington, VA.  We are currently offering an early bird ticket price of $100 per person until October 31st, so we hope you will purchase your tickets today! 

During the evening, we will be honoring Chris Matthews of MSNBC for his leadership in advancing civil rights for all Americans.  Mr. Matthews will also be joining our Executive Director, Farhana Khera, onstage to discuss protecting the rights of Americans of all faiths.
Chris Matthews began his career on television in 1994 as host of a two-hour nightly program on the NBC-owned American's Talking network.  Three years later, he launched Hardball with Chris Matthews, now on MSNBC, which was the title of his best-selling handbook on real-life politics published in 1988.  He has been on the air every weekday night since.  Previously to his career on television, Chris Matthews has served in the U.S. Senate, as a presidential speechwriter, a top aide to the Speaker of the House, and Washington Bureau Chief for the San Francisco Examiner.  Throughout his career, he has never lost his vigorous love of democracy and how it can serve to make this country, through all its challenges, a more perfect union.
We will also be honoring the law firm Hogan Lovells during dinner.  Hogan Lovells has been a longstanding pillar of the international legal community, and its attorneys have taken on a variety of human rights, civil rights, and civil liberties cases across the world.  Recently, Hogan authored an amicus brief in support of the Muslim Advocates appeal in the Hassan v. City of New York matter, which is pending before the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals.  Christopher Wolf, a partner with Hogan Lovells, is also an invaluable participant in the anti-cyberhate working group that brings together leading internet companies and advocacy groups to address online hate for all communities.  Muslim Advocates is incredibly grateful to Hogan for bravely standing with us in the fight for equality, liberty, and justice for all, regardless of faith. 

Sponsorship & Ticket Pricing
  • To sponsor the event and host a table, attend the private reception, or advertise your firm or business in our program guide, please email
  • Early bird tickets are $100/person. 
  • Discounted tickets are available for employees of nonprofits or government entities.  Please email for more information.

Muslim Advocates is a national legal advocacy and educational organization dedicated to promoting freedom, justice and equality for Americans of all faiths, by using the tools of policy engagement, legal advocacy and civic education and by serving as a legal resource to promote the full participation of Muslims in American civil life.  Muslim Advocates is a 501(c)(3) charitable, tax exempt nonprofit entity and accredited by the Better Business Bureau-Wise Giving Alliance. 

Webinar: Marijuana - Still Dangerous, Still Illegal In The Workplace

You Are Invited to Attend a Free Webinar



Still Dangerous,

Still Illegal In the


A Free Webinar Presentation Hosted by
Employment Background Investigations

Co-Hosted and Sponsored by
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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 at 2 p.m. Eastern

Featuring Bill Current and Bob Capwell


 Local marijuana laws seem to be as fluid as the clouds of smoke circling around users these days. As more states change laws, employers are scrambling to keep up.

While there are many changes, one thing remains the same. Marijuana users, just like those who misuse alcohol, are still more likely to be involved in a workplace accident, file a workers' compensation claim, and utilize their health care benefits. Employees under the influence of marijuana are still dangerous and marijuana is still illegal according to federal law.

So, how do these changes affect your business?  Do you have the right to test for marijuana? What can be done when someone tests positive? How effective are advanced drug testing methods such as lab-based oral fluid at detecting marijuana, and is it legal to use oral fluids for drug testing in states with legal marijuana laws?

Attendees will learn:

  • The magnitude of the marijuana problem and how it affects the workplace
  • How marijuana compares to alcohol, and does the argument of alcohol vs. marijuana support legalizing  pot?
  • The status of today's state medical marijuana laws (including the newest laws in Florida and Minnesota) and how they impact the workplace
  • An update on recreational marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington, as well as other states on the verge of legalizing pot
  • How to modify a company's drug testing policy to cover marijuana specifically
  • How lab-based oral fluid testing works as a means of testing for marijuana in states with legal pot laws

About Presenters

Bob Capwell
is the Chief Knowledge Officer for EBI.  He is considered one of the leading experts in the background screening industry with more than 22 years of experience in the field.  As Co-Chair of the International Committee of NAPBS, his mission is to create best practices and standards for screening firms around the world.
Bill Current
is the president and founding partner of the Current Consulting Group (CCG) and the publisher of the On-Line Ultimate Guide to State Drug Testing Laws. He is the author of 10 books on substance related issues, including the popular title: "Why Drug Testing?" 

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Scholarships for Minority Students Pursuing Health Careers

United Health Foundation's Diverse Scholars Initiative seeks to increase the number of professionals from multicultural backgrounds.
These bright students will increase the number of qualified, yet underrepresented, health work force 
Research shows that when patients are treated by health professionals who share their language, culture and ethnicity, they are more likely to accept and receive medical treatment. Current statistics indicate the number of multicultural health practitioners is quite low:
  • African Americans represent 13% of the U.S. population, but only 4% of physicians, 5% of nurses, and 5% of dentists.1
  • American Latinos represent 16% of the total population, but only 4% of physicians, 6% of nurses, and 5% of dentists.1
  • The Indian Health Service physician vacancy rate is as high as 17% 2, while American Indians have significantly higher rates of tuberculosis, alcoholism, and diabetes than other Americans.
Minority health professionals are also more likely to serve minority populations than are health professionals in general. United Health Foundation believed fostering the careers of more diverse and multicultural health professionals will create a more culturally relevant and effective health care system, particularly in underserved communities.
1 Missing Persons: Minorities in the Health Professions; A Report of the Sullivan Commission on Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce; September 2004.
2 Indian Health Service Workforce Fact Sheet; January 2008.

Diverse Scholars Initiative Poll
As part of our commitment to strengthen and diversify the health workforce, United Health Foundation recently polled nearly 500 multicultural students who are pursuing health careers, to better understand what motivates them and what barriers they encounter along their journey. The findings showed that:
  • Minority students are far more motivated by a desire to help people than by financial gain: 46% percent of scholars cited "having a positive impact on people's lives" as their top reason for pursuing a health career while only 17% cited salary.
  • The students polled care about diversifying the health care field. Almost two thirds of students responded that there aren't enough multicultural health practitioners.
  • While money isn't a primary source of career motivation for the respondents, it is a primary source of stress and discouragement. Of those polled, 98% said lack of funding opportunities is a significant barrier to achieving their education and career goals.
United Health Foundation awards scholarships to deserving students pursuing careers in health. To qualify, scholars must demonstrate a financial need and a strong commitment to working in underserved communities, including community health centers.
To apply for scholarships, please visit the following websites. Specific requirements and application deadlines vary by organization.

All Scholar Programs (open to any diverse student)
African American Health Scholars
American Indian Health Scholars
Asian American Health Scholars
Latino Health Scholars

United Health Foundation's Diverse Scholars Initiative seeks to increase the number of professionals from multicultural backgrounds.     

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Islamic Commerce 101 (free class on October 21 8-9 PM at Makkah Learning Center)


Foundations is proud to announce the beginning of Islamic Commerce 101 class.


The teachings of our blessed Prophet cover every aspect of ones life. One of those very important aspects is commerce. The teachings of the Shariah regarding buying and selling and trade in general are such that every Muslim is in need of knowing. So that one can remain safe from falling into such transactions that are impermissible. Through this study it is hoped that one will gain a new and fresh appreciation for the extensiveness of the prophetic teachings which we have inherited.


Tuesday, Oct 21 from 8pm - 9pm


Class will be held at Makkah Learning Center in Gambrills, Maryland. Classes will also be available on livestream.


Classes are free.


Students are requested to purchase or download Al Mukhtasar al-Quduri 
Wa Alaykum Salaam,
Islamic Society of Annapolis

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

AMJA Resident Fatwa Committee resolution about Islamic Home Financing Companies in the U.S.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
All praise are due to Allah alone and may the peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah. To proceed:
The AMJA Fiqh Committee Resident Fatwa Committee met in Houston on the 20-22 of Dhul-Qadah 1435 A.H. (September 15-17 2014 C.E.) in order to issue a resolution concerning Islamic Home Financing in the United States. This meeting took place after an entire conference had previously been held on this topic, in which papers were discussed in the presence and with the participation of representatives of most of the relevant companies. This was followed up by correspondence between the Resident Fatwa Committee  Fiqh Committee and those companies with an attempt to clarify and respond to the Shareeah issues that are present in their contracts. Sh. Jamaal Zarabozo (may Allah preserve him) also participated in this meeting in Houston.
After looking into the matter, the Committee Resident Fatwa Committee (RFC) decided upon, according to the majority of its members, the following resolution:

First, the Shareeah fundamentals concerning the companies that deal in Islamic home financing:
Companies that deal with Islamic home financing in the United States may be divided into three categories:
  1. The first group is comprised of those companies whose contracts, in general, are in agreement with the Shareeah. They are assisted by the fact that they are not in need of selling their contracts to the Public government-sponsored enterprises  federal, interest-based organizations [such as Freddie Mac]; this gives them the freedom to design their contracts in a manner in accord with the Shareeah without facing any restrictions from Public government-sponsored enterprises  interest-based financing institutions. At the same time, though, it is noted that the capabilities of these companies are quite limited. They are able to supply houses in the tens [as opposed to the thousands]. Furthermore, their availability is limited to certain states. Thus, they are not truly able to fulfill the needs of the millions of Muslims who reside in America.

    The ruling of the RFC Committee is that it is permissible to deal with and purchase homes from companies of this nature.
  2. The second group is comprised of those companies whose contracts, in general, avoid falling into explicit interest (Ribaa). They do not deal with interest-based loans. Instead, they deal in types of contracts that are permissible in the Shareeah in general, such as Murabahahcost-plus purchase order, Musharakah diminishing partnership and Ijarah rent-to-own. Many of the people who run these companies, we noticed, are anxious to avoid forbidden transactions and have exerted a great deal of effort with their legal advisors to produce legally sound contracts that will allow them to avoid what the Shareeah would consider void contracts. However, their contracts do contain some forbidden components, such as invalid clauses, inequity, undue risk, unknown quantities and the like. Additionally, they need to invoke exemptions allowed by the jurists and resort to an improper mixing of different schools of jurisprudence in order to devise a Shareeah-based way out [of the problem of interest]. In order to meet the large demands of the millions of Muslims residing in America, these companies are in need of selling their contracts to the federal institutions, such as Freddie Mac. These federal, interest-based institutions put a number of restrictions on them that virtually prevent their contracts from being free of these Islamic violations. These violations differ in intensity from one company to another.

    The ruling of the RFC Committee specifically concerning this set of companies is that there is an exemption to buy through them in the case of need or dire need, depending on the different intensities of violations and the fact that need must be dealt with according to its severity.

    We encourage these companies to continue their efforts in developing their contracts in order to bring an end to their shortcomings that the Committee has noted. If someone can find an alternative and not deal with these companies, he will be safe and will be protecting his faith and his honor.
  3. The third group is comprised of companies that still continue to deal in interest-based loans. Their contracts are no more than offshoots of traditional interest-based loans or simply a form of impermissible legal stratagem to get around the prohibition of interest. The ruling of the RFC Committee with respect to these types of companies is that it is not allowed to purchase homes through them. We advise those who are administering these contracts to adjust them and make them proper.

Second, the Committee would like to emphasize that this ruling on this issue is directed towards those who wish to deal with these companies to purchase real estate via their financing and contracts and the ruling holds as long as the contracts are as they are in the present state and the modes of purchase are as they are now. Any change in their contracts or manner of execution would therefore require a change in the ruling.
As for the companies themselves, this ruling is actually in need of more clarification from them concerning their relationship with the Public government-sponsored enterprises federal financing institutions [such as Freddie Mac], a matter concerning which the RFC Committee was not able to receive a detailed clarification.

Third, “need” is that which is desired by an individual or society to make things easier on them and remove constraints. If one is lacking what is determined to be a “need,” then the individuals or the society face hardships and difficulties that go above and beyond the customary efforts required of individuals by the Shareeah. People may differ in estimating those hardships. However, the RFC Fatwa Committee views owning houses to be a general need of the Muslim population in America. As for determining the level of need for specific individuals, this would depend on the availability of a substitute in the form of being able to rent without being caused harm.

Fourth, below is the application of these principles to the Islamic financing companies that are operating throughout the United States:

Guidance Residential: They are based on a diminishing partnership with rent to own ending in ownership model in their relationship to the purchaser. Their contract is sound in general. However, it contains some Shareeah violations with respect to maintenance, taxes and insurance, as these expenses are not distributed in a just manner according to percentage of ownership.
The ruling of the RFC Committee concerning this company is that it is permissible to deal with them in the face of need. The representatives of this company are advised to review those defective portions of their contract.

Ameen Housing: They are based on a diminishing partnership with rent to own ending in ownership model in their relationship to the purchaser. Their contracts are not sold to the federal institutions [such as Freddie Mac]. They also avoid explicit interest in their transactions. However, their contract does contain some Shareeah objections glitches , such as unfairness in the percentage that they discount in the rent to take care of basic maintenance, expenses that be more or less than that discounted amount. Additionally, they have just introduced a late payment fee [which is another violation of Shareeah principles].
The ruling of the RFC Committee is that there is no harm in dealing with this company in case of need, although one should do one’s best to make one’s payments on time in order to avoid the late payment fee. The Committee also encourages the company to abstain from those aspects pointed out by the Committee.

Devon Bank: This company has two types of Islamic contracts:
The first contract is Murabahah a cost-plus purchase. This contract is surrounded by doubts concerning whether the bank truly owns the property before it is readied for sale. In addition, this contract also contains some defective or problematic conditions or aspects of great unfairness, such as with respect to (a) the bank having exclusive benefits from insurance payouts while requiring the purchaser to pay for the insurance, (b) the bank’s right to freeze the purchaser’s account simply on the suspicion that he will not be able to make his payments, (c) the bank’s right to declare the purchaser in default if he does not use the property as a residence or due to his death although heirs have the right to continue the contract after his death, in fact the cost-plus purchase contract states that the heirs are bound by the contract.
The ruling of the Committee is that there is no harm in dealing with this [contract of] this company in the presence of dire need. Whoever remains away from it has kept himself safe and has protected his faith and honor.  The Committee advises the Bank to correct these aspects and to affirm the ownership of the property before selling it and to avoid the other invalid conditions as much as possible.
The second contract is a rent to own contract. This also contains a number of Shareeah violations and invalid conditions, including having two different contracts (sale and lease) at one time, about one item during one time period. Various Fiqh councils have ruled that this model is not permissible as the legal effects of the two types of contracts are contradictory. This may be corrected by separating the two contracts by making them independent of each other time-wise, such that the sale contract is done after the lease contract, which must be a true lease and not something meant to simply hide the sale. Or, they [may replace the sale] with a promise of handing over ownership at the end of the lease.
From among the defective or void stipulations that this contract embodies are the fact that the bank can evict the lessee upon default but the bank still holds him responsible for the rent until they can find a new renter, the fact that the bank does not pay for the basic maintenance of the property and the fact that the lessee is required to pay insurance while the bank retains the right of any payments from the insurance, allowing the bank to benefit while the lessee bears the cost.
The ruling of the Committee is that there is no harm in dealing with this [contract of this] company when one is in a state of dire need. Whoever remains away from it has kept himself safe and has protected his faith and honor. The Committee emphasizes its recommendation to the bank to rectify the current model by separating between the two contracts and avoiding the defective or void stipulations as much as possible.

University Islamic Financial: The same comments concerning their cost-plus model and lease-to-own models as were stated concerning Devon Bank can be repeated here. Thus, their models have the same rulings and the Committee offers them the same advice. There is an exemption to deal with this company only if one is in a state of dire need. Whoever remains away from it has kept himself safe and has protected his faith and honor.

Ijara Loan: This company starts by directing the purchaser to get a standard interest-based [mortgage] loan and then creates a trust with the purchaser a partner in the trust, in order to borrow from the bank and then get ownership of the property. After that, the trust will sell the house to the purchaser with a rent-to-own contract. The purchaser is alone in getting the interest-based loan at the beginning and then shares in it at the end.
The ruling of the Committee is that it is not allowed to deal with this company as their model contains clear and explicit interest. We advise those in charge of this company to review and correct their model and to fulfill the trust that has been put in them by those who wish to avoid interest in their financial dealings.

Lariba: The contract of this company does not differ from a traditional mortgage that interest-based banks provide. This is the overriding contract between this company and the purchaser and what they present as an Islamic form to it actually has no existence in reality and has no legal authority in case of dispute.
The ruling of the Committee is that it is not allowed to deal with this company as their model contains clear and explicit interest. We advise those in charge of this company to review and correct their model and to fulfill the trust that has been put in them by those who wish to avoid interest in their financial dealings.

Additionally, the Committee would like to emphasize that the rulings previously made that are on the AMJA website represent the views of those individual scholars and do not necessarily represent the views of the RFC Committee. Furthermore, those rulings preceded this ruling and it could be the case that some of the scholars have adjusted their views to the views of the Committee. Finally, the Committee would like to encourage those Muslims who have experience and those who have funds to invest to create a competitive Islamic alternative, perhaps a credit union among themselves which may have profit in this world and we hope also a profit in the Hereafter if the intentions are sound.

May Allah bless everyone with acts of obedience to Him and may be the blessings of Allah be upon His best creation, Muhammad, and upon all his family and all of his Companions.

MEI's 68th Annual Conference

Panels Announced for MEI's 68th Annual Conference 

Thursday, November 20
Registration opens at 8:15am 
The Grand Hyatt
1000 H Street NW 
Washington, DC 20001
Register now for The Middle East Institute's 68th Annual Conference on Thursday, November 20 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Registration is free for this all-day event, which will feature expert panels examining key regional developments in 2015.  Additional panelists to be announced.Agenda

8:45AM - Introductory Remarks
Amb. Wendy Chamberlin 
President, The Middle East Institute   
9:00AM-10:30AM - A Middle East in Flux: Risks and Opportunities 
Juan Cole
Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History, University of Michigan
Amb. Robert Ford
Senior Fellow, The Middle East Institute  
Paul Salem
Vice President for Policy and Research, The Middle East Institute
Randa Slim
Director for Track II Initiatives, The Middle East Institute
Daniel Serwer (Moderator)
Professor of Conflict Management and Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins SAIS, Scholar The Middle East Institute
10:45AM-12:15PM - Containing the Islamic State
Adel Altoraifi
Deputy General Manager, Al Arabiya
Cengiz Çandar
Senior Columnist, Radikal, Senior Columnist, Al Monitor
Hossein Mousavian
Research Scholar, Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University
Brett McGurk 
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq and Iran, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Kim Ghattas (Moderator)
Correspondent, BBC
2:00PM-3:30PM - Travails of Transition in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Yemen
Larbi Sadiki
Associate Professor of International Relations and Democratization, Qatar University 
Charles Schmitz
Scholar, The Middle East Institute
Amr El Shobaki
Former Egyptian MP
Frederic Wehrey
Senior Associate, Middle East Program, the Carnegie Endowment
Paul Salem (Moderator) 
Vice President for Policy and Research, The Middle East Institute
3:45PM-5:15PM - After Gaza: Getting Back to the Peace Process
Shlomo Ben-Ami 
Vice President, The Toledo International Centre for Peace
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel

Amb. Daniel C. Kurtzer
S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle Eastern Policy Studies, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University 
Khalil Shikaki 
Director, Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (Ramallah)
Senior Fellow, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University 

Lara Friedman (Moderator)

Director of Policy and Government Relations, Americans for Peace Now

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